Panola College announces 2020-2021 Academic Excellence Award recipients

View the gallery of the 2020-2021 Academic Excellence Award recipients. Jonica Glaze and Roselyn Postell are not pictured. Photos are recipient submitted.

Panola College is proud to announce the Academic Excellence Award recipients for the 2020-2021 academic year.

The Academic Excellence Awards were created by Charles Moore, a math professor at Panola College for many years. Moore’s goal was to acknowledge students who excelled academically and recognize them with an award for their accomplishments.

Each department or field of study nominates two students who meet select criteria. The student must have, or be completing, 30 hours of coursework and be enrolled in two courses relating to the field in which they are nominated.

The recipients of the 2020-2021 Academic Excellence Awards are listed below, followed by the field of study in which they are nominated, their professor and a quote.

Julie Bertrand, Computer Information Technology

Nominated by Charlene Johnson

“I am beyond blessed and humbled to be nominated for the Academic Excellence Award.”

Madisyn Bridges, Biology

Nominated by Christina Parrott

“First off, I would like to thank Mrs. Christina Parrott for this award nomination. She has been a huge part in helping me achieve my goals of becoming a nurse. I strive to achieve excellence in all of my endeavors, and I appreciate the recognition for this. I am over the moon to receive the Academic Excellence Award in biology, and it is an honor to represent Panola College.”

Hannah Combs, Occupational Therapy Assisting

Nominated by Terrie King

“I feel incredibly honored to receive this award. Being in the OTA program has been an amazing opportunity to learn with hardworking classmates and from excellently skilled professors. The people in this program show so much compassion not only for each other, but also the community. It has truly been a gift to experience.”

Somali Fletcher, Music

Nominated by Dwaine Hubbard

“I would like to thank Mr. Hubbard for nominating me for this award and for helping me discover my love for music.”

Jonica Glaze, Business

Nominated by Whitney Sienko

Hunter Horton, Criminal Justice

Nominated by Mark Dickerson

“Being homeless at fourteen and constantly being told you will never amount to anything takes a toll on a person. I have worked so hard and longed to hear someone, anyone, say they are proud of me. Being nominated for this award has shown me that people do notice and that I have made someone proud. Thank you to Professor Dickerson for seeing my potential.”

Cadee Humphrey, Biology

Nominated by Corey Johnson

“I am honored to receive this award. I have worked extremely hard and I am pleased my hard work is paying off.”

Jacob Lambright, Math

Nominated by Chasity Klingler

“I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I received this award. I would have never achieved this without my amazing professors who helped me along the way. It is because of them that I am able to be successful in math.”

Taylor Lindsey, Associate Degree Nursing

Nominated by Annissa Jackson

“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity I’ve been given through Panola College and my professors. They have played a huge role in helping me rise above my expectations in the classroom and hospital settings. As well as my family, who cheered me on and spent hours studying with me.”

Hannah Menefee, Health Information Technology

Nominated by Lynn Hanson

“I am extremely grateful to be chosen to receive this award. It wasn’t an easy journey, but it has helped shape me into the person I am today. What good is it to think about a dream when you could be living it.”

Nathan Pinkston, Government

Nominated by Brian Naples

“I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to receive this award. Panola has done so much for me. The faculty and staff have always been there for me and my fellow students in whatever ways they could be. I feel I can accomplish my dreams because of my time at Panola College.”

Roselyn Postell, General Business

Nominated by Dwayne Ferguson

Valerie Ramirez, Occupational Therapy Assisting

Nominated by Terrie King

“I am truly honored to be receiving the Academic Excellence Award from the OTA department, as it is an extreme privilege to be nominated for this award by an amazing instructor, Ms. Terrie King. It is not possible to show how thankful I am through words.”

Esmeralda Ramos, Office Professional

Nominated by Dwayne Ferguson

“I am so honored and grateful to be receiving this award. Thinking of how I am an online student and have not met Mr. Ferguson properly face-to-face, I feel that I have made an impact in being an online student. Once again, I want to thank Mr. Ferguson for the help he has given me throughout these years. Thank you.”

Ainsley Ross, Psychology

Nominated by Don Cocklin

“I wanted to tell you how humbled and grateful I am in regards to this nomination. I just feel very blessed at this opportunity. Thank you to Don Cocklin and Panola College for believing in me since day one. I’m grateful for professors like you, who make learning fun and encouraging. Panola College is a place that wants you to succeed and propels you to be the best you can be. I’m honored to receive this award. Thank y’all.”

Timothy Smith, Biology

Nominated by Dr. Anthony Edwards and Dr. Kevin Rutherford

“I am very grateful that all of the long nights spent studying, while others were out having fun, are finally being recognized. I was surprised to find out that I was receiving such an award. I am very grateful to my professors for believing in me. Lastly, I want to thank my family for supporting me every step of the way.”

Nyah Walker, History

Nominated by Bill Offer

“I am extremely grateful for Mr. Offer nominating me for this award. It makes me feel like all my hard work in academics is paying off, and for someone that I respect a lot to notice my hard work makes this even more important. Mr. Offer is a great professor who truly wants to see his students succeed in and out of his classroom. He supports all of his students, and out of everyone he nominated me.”

Zachary Zea, Drama

Nominated by Karen King

“I feel honored to represent the Panola Drama Department for this award. I enjoyed my time at Panola, and I am thankful to have this opportunity.”